Playwright Theresa Rebeck, whose play Bernhardt/Hamlet recently wrapped up an acclaimed Broadway engagement, will make her Off-Broadway directorial debut in the spring with the world premiere of Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson by Rob Ackerman (Tabletop, Origin of the Species). Inspired by a true, little-known story, the play is about the making of an iconic TV commercial in which a celebrated film director put a movie star's life in the hands of a very jittery props guy.
Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson will be part of Working Theater's 34th season and will play in the A.R.T./ New York Theater’s Mezzanine Theater June 11–July 6, 2019.
The cast will include Jeremy Webb (The Visit, Tabletop, The Glorious Ones), Dean Nolen (Mamma Mia!, Omnium Gatherum, Tabletop), and David Wohl (Fiddler On The Roof, Dinner At Eight, The Man Who Had All The Luck). Additional casting will be announced.
The design team will include Christopher and Justin Swader (scenic designers) and Mary Ellen Stebbins (lighting design).
Also part of its 34th season, Working Theater will continue its Five Boroughs/One City initiative creating theatre in collaboration with communities across New York City. The program includes development of the newest commissioned play, in which director Dina Vovsi and playwright Liba Vaynberg explore the fractious intersection of the Russian and Pakistani immigrant communities in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Public readings in Brighton Beach are scheduled for January 2019.
In the spring, the theatre company will also present new performances of Sanctuary, created by Michael Permo and Rachel Falcone as part of the company's Five Borough’s collaboration with The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.
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